President Donald Trump has turned a campaign rally into an extended dissection of four Democratic congresswomen, deriding them for what he painted as extreme positions. After Trump suggested they leave the country and singled out Somali-born Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, the crowd shouted, "Send her back!" Trump is accusing the lawmakers, all women of color, of "helping to fuel the rise of a dangerous, militant hard-left."
The rain keeps coming. And while it certainly has a big effect on farms and outdoor activities, it's also impacting area roads. Blue Earth County reports that a section of 199th Street, just south of Mankato, has been washed out into the Le Sueur River.
The Eagle Lake Police Department and Tator Days Committee are asking for residents to help to keep roadways along the 5K route and parade route clear of vehicles and trailers this Saturday. From 7:00 a.m. Saturday morning until the completion of the 5K and kids 1K please remove vehicles and trailers on Diane Drive from Ann Drive to LeSueur and on LeSueur Avenue from Agency Street to Linda Drive. From 8:00 a.m. Saturday morning until after the parade please remove vehicles and trailers from Linda Drive starting at the intersection of LeSueur Avenue to Agency Street, and then from Agency Street [...]
The May family of Mankato has been named Blue Earth County’s “2019 Farm Family of the Year” by the University of Minnesota. Joseph and Katherine May came to the farm in 1865. The couple lived in a small brick house that was built in 1856 by the federal government for the Winnebago Reservation that was in place from 1855 to 1863. The Mays’ son, George, eventually took over the farm and in 1901 remodeled and enlarged the home, keeping the original older part intact. The farm is where Jack and Lisa May and their family now call home. The families will [...]
Governor Tim Walz will be in Mankato Thursday. He will join the River Valleys Continuum of Care to announce the effective end of homelessness among Veterans in Southeast Minnesota. To remain at functional zero, the River Valleys CoC now has the infrastructure and systems in place to ensure that any Veteran experiencing homelessness in the region will get the support they need to quickly obtain a permanent home. He will be at the Minnesota Valley Action Council just before 9 Thursday morning.
A little boy's wish came true at Kroubetz's Lakeside Campers in Lake Crystal. Gabe's wish was for a camper so his family could go camping. Kroubetz's surprised him and his family with not only a camper but all the gear as well. 7-year-old Gabe Wargelin of Le Center was completely surprised thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, Kroubetz Lakeside Campers and its employees, and Lake Crystal area businesses and organizations. Gabe has Dravet syndrome. It’s a rare form of epilepsy with prolonged or frequent seizures, or both, and limited treatment options. It starts in infancy and causes developmental delays and [...]
State House Republican Minority Leader Kurt Daudt wants Democrats to have hearings as soon as possible on the sudden departure of three top officials at the state Human Services Department -- and why an investigation of fraud in the Child Care Assistance Program was delayed. But Rochester Democrat Tina Liebling says: "I just really don't see the urgency of having a hearing. There's of course conversations going on. I can talk to the administration, just like Kurt Daudt can, and there's really no reason to have a hearing." Daudt says lack of information from the Walz administration is troubling and the [...]
Minnesota's top elected officials say they'll enforce Minnesota's new law against wage theft even for workers who are not in the country legally. Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison says: "You are not entitled to steal people's wages based on their immigration status or lack thereof. We will enforce that law." Governor Tim Walz echoes the state will not put people at risk or dehumanize anyone due to their immigration status. Top Republican leaders aren't immediately available to comment.
A Minnesota man and military veteran whose request for a passport was twice denied has now been declared a U.S. citizen under a settlement with the State Department. Mark Esqueda sued Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in May, saying he was born in Texas in 1988, but the State Department denied him a passport. Under a settlement reached Friday, the State Department acknowledges that Esqueda is a U.S. citizen.
An Odin man who was held hostage in the Iran Hostage crisis has died. Bruce Laingen was 96. After being held hostage in Iran for 444 days, Bruce Laingen and 51 other Americans safely returned to the United States amid celebrations and parades. But all Laingen, the U.S.’s top diplomat in Iran, wanted back in January 1981 was to reconnect with the small farming community in southern Minnesota, where his heart was rooted. Laingen, who lived most of his adult life in Bethesda, Md., died Monday at age 96. Memorial services will be held later this summer in his hometown of [...]